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New program aims to help Indonesian film workers amid pandemic

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, May 6, 2020  /  02:23 pm
New program aims to help Indonesian film workers amid pandemic

GoPlay to air Indonesian films until June 30 to support film industry. (Shutterstock/ Fer Gregory)

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has teamed up with tech giant Gojek and the Indonesian Film Board (BPI) to support the local film industry.

As part of the Support Indonesian Film Industry program, Gojek's video-on-demand service GoPlay will air local films until June 30, with 20 percent of the paid access going to film workers through the BPI.

“Now it’s the time to watch Indonesian films while at home,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama told Antara. “Other than providing entertainment, [this program allows us to] appreciate the works [of local filmmakers] as well as help them stay productive during this pandemic."

Many workers in the industry are no longer working due to halted film production.

Launched on September 2019, GoPlay aims to provide a platform for local filmmakers and to make high quality Indonesian films more accessible. (wir/kes)

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